Great Architects of New York: Henry J. Hardenbergh
ConEd Headquarters
Address
4 Irving Place
New York, N.Y. 10003
Location
Entire block bounded by Irving Place, Third Avenue, East 14th Street and East 15th Street.
Neighborhood
The Union Square Area
Built
1915; a tower was added at the corner of 14th and Irving in 1926, designed by Warren & Wetmore
Use
ConEd headquarters and ground floor retail.
AIA Guide
"Hardenbergh, who gave us the Dakota, the Plaza Hotel, and the Art Students League, here delivered a very dull swan song for an establishment client — profitable no doubt, but a far cry from his earlier glories. A landmark clock tops this, Con Ed's GHQ, on the site of the original Academy of Music. The academy's namesake across the street, an aging movie palace, became The Palladium, now demolished for the NYU dormitory."
Landmark Status
Not landmarked
Web resources
New York Architecture Images

Hardenberg here returned to the horizontal scoring used in the Textile Building and at the Whitehall Building. One is glad he omitted it at the Plaza.


The northwest corner, at Irving Place and East 15th Street.


The Warren & Wetmore tower is prominent at the southwest corner.


View from the southeast. The unfinished east facade faces a parking lot and Third Avenue.


A funny little hut at the building's northeast corner.


The hut and the north facade, facing 15th Street.


The south facade, facing 14th Street.